Thursday, October 10, 2013

What was Old IS New Again! Prophecy in the Headlines

2,000-year-old seed set to bear fruit... Prophecy in the Headlines “And he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. As soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near.”” Luke 21:29-30

A 2,000-year-old date seed discovered at Masada four decades ago may provide new cures to numerous ailments, Israeli scientists say, after making significant advances, against all odds, in producing fruit from the seed. ...the Date Palm...that symbolized the tree that nurtured the Jews in the promised land of "milk and honey", the land of Canaan, that became ancient Israel. Now those ancient seeds of the Date Palm have been resurrected to sprout and grow as Israel did, a land that also lay dormant for 2000 years. Israel has also been Resurrected.

Having been germinated, astoundingly, by an Israeli team in 2005, and kept alive since, the "Judean date" sapling flowered in 2011 and it was determined to be male. It will be crossbred with other species of dates to produce fruit. It appears likely (but not certain) to yield a now-extinct species of date that was renowned in ancient times as a treatment for heart disease, chest problems, the spitting of blood, weakened memory and other medical conditions, possibly even symptoms of cancer and depression.

"The plant's current location is being kept secret because of its great scientific and financial value. It could produce fruit at the age of seven years, according to Dr. Sarah Sallon, a physician and director of Hadassah University Medical Center's Louis Borick Natural Medicine Research Center (NMRC) in Jerusalem's Ein Kerem. " JPOST 6/14/2008

The date palm in Israels history was considered the staple in the Judean desert, it was source of food, shelter, and shade for thousands of years. It became the recognized symbol of the kingdom of Judea. It grew in the area around the Dead Sea and Galilee. The fruit caused Jericho (The City of Palms) to become a major population center and is praised in the Bible.
Psalm 92:12-14 The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God. They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green,

Roman Coin celebrating the capture of Judea showing a date palm

Judean date palms were known as "trees of life" for their many medicinal uses. Their fruit was believed to treat aliments ranging from heart problems, TB, and chest infections to stomach problems, constipation and worms.
Revelation 2:7 'He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.'

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Palm branches were the conventional symbol of public approval and welcome by eastern people to conquering heroes, and were strewn and carried in triumphal processions. Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem when the people strew palm branches in His path and greeted Him with Hosannas.
John 12: 12-13 The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!”

And again in Revelation 7:9-10 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

Tamar was the Hebrew name given to palm trees in Genesis and was often used to describe a beautiful woman. Gen 38:6 And Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, and her name was Tamar. Tamar later had a child by Judah. Tamar appears in the genealogy of Jesus.

The palm tree was one of the trees mentioned for use in the Feast of Tabernacles that could be used for building a booth.
Leviticus 23:40 And you shall take on the first day the fruit of splendid trees, branches of palm trees and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God seven days.

Palm Trees were carved into Solomon's Temple as well as the temple in Ezekiel.
1 Kings 6: 29-36 Around all the walls of the house he carved engraved figures of cherubim and palm trees and open flowers, in the inner and outer rooms. The floor of the house he overlaid with gold in the inner and outer rooms.
For the entrance to the inner sanctuary he made doors of olivewood; the lintel and the doorposts were five-sided. He covered the two doors of olivewood with carvings of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers. He overlaid them with gold and spread gold on the cherubim and on the palm trees.
So also he made for the entrance to the nave doorposts of olivewood, in the form of a square, and two doors of cypress wood. The two leaves of the one door were folding, and the two leaves of the other door were folding. On them he carved cherubim and palm trees and open flowers, and he overlaid them with gold evenly applied on the carved work. He built the inner court with three courses of cut stone and one course of cedar beams.

Ezekiel 41 18-20 It was carved of cherubim and palm trees, a palm tree between cherub and cherub. Every cherub had two faces: a human face toward the palm tree on the one side, and the face of a young lion toward the palm tree on the other side. They were carved on the whole temple all around. From the floor to above the door, cherubim and palm trees were carved; similarly the wall of the nave.

And the date palm is not condidered special only among the Jews. The palm tree was considered holy in Babylon and later was sacred to the Greek god Apollo. The Greeks were reported to have carved their magnificent fluted columns of marble to memorialize the shape of the trunk of a palm tree.

Palm Island, Dubai